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What vinyl are you into right now?
Similar to the thread in the Music forum but this is for vinyl, and vinyl only!
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January 4, 2018
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Bill Evans Portrait in Jazz One step?? Wow, where could you order it? Didn’t know it’s announced….

 

Edit: ah..I just found it, it’s for preorder already…

 

Regarding the Cheap Xmas vinyl I can soon tell more…I just ordered it for about 80$ with a coupon I had…it’s much cheaper than a Kamakiriad alone, so let’s see how the different masterings sound to the vinyl versions I already have and to their hires versions ;-)

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January 4, 2018
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Oh, and I forgot to mention that Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?” will be getting the MoFi 1-step treatment too. Not my thing, but it’s a classic. 

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January 4, 2018
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And I think you’re right with Explorations…would be the much better choice as Portrait in Jazz is not great soundwise and probably doesn’t benefit as much as Vanguard…

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January 4, 2018
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I just got turned on to this obscure record which is apparently a cult classic; “Yakhal’ Inkomo” by Mankunku Quartet. This is a re-issue of a release by South African artists lead by Winston Mankunku Ngozi on tenor sax. Here’s a blurb from the Jazzman Records listing:

“Saxophonist Winston ‘Mankunku’ Ngozi’s 1968 masterpiece Yakhal’ Inkomo stands in the front rank of global jazz recordings. A certified jazz classic in South Africa, it has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and has never been out of print. But like so many other crucial South African jazz LPs, it was never released outside the country, and went unheard at the time by the wider world. This reissue is the first time that this truly essential jazz recording has been properly available outside South Africa.”

This is well miked and recorded, IMO. The musicianship is generally excellent and Ngozi is a great player. Pretty much in step with post-bop era stuff with a few little bluesy riffs thrown in by the bass. Good stuff!

Yakhal’ Inkomo

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January 8, 2018
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Johnny: 

I now bought the Cheap Xmas Vinyl box, too. There’s a good and a soso message.

Kamakiriad:

The good is, you’ll get the same Kamakiriad mastering as the original german pressing has, no difference and in this case even the new vinyl is a little thicker (but far from the announced 180g).

The soso is, Kamakiriad vinyl sounds practically the same as the 24/96 digital file, just the characteristic of your vinyl setup is added if existent. In my case only a very small difference.

The other albums:

The good message is, with all the other Fagen albums of this set you get partly just a bit, partly much better masterings (Hoffman/Grey/Masterdisk SH/AD/Grundman) than the same 24/96 files have. The usual limitation…digital media just offer the standard masterings.

The soso message is…all albums are much lighter than 180g, have a worse pressing and most have clearly worse cover quality than their true 180g equivalents which were available as single albums with the same masterings. So for me the 80$ for the box just gave me a nice unworn new copy of Kamakiriad.

But remember the whole box costs about 1/5th of the separate issues, so when you don’t have the separate albums you get (except for Kamakiriad) mostly better masterings than from the Cheap Xmas digital set.

 

Regarding Nightfly: the Grundman/Calbi Mastering of the former Warner 180g reissue and the one in this box sound really immediately better and richer than the 24/96 and even more the One Step MFSL does…while the original vinyl pressing/mastering of Nightfly sounds just quite exactly like the 24\96 file.

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Regarding my comment that it’s the usual limitation that digital releases just offer the standard masterings versus the many often much better vinyl remasterings available I want to make the addition that there are rare exceptions of existing quite high quality digital remasterings of original first releases, too. The ones I know are Esoteric, 2xHD, Audio Fidelity, DCC, FIM, Analogue Productions, ORG Music. Half of them just has a much smaller number of releases than on vinyl … and as Grundmann mentioned in his interview with Paul, even in case of the same effort of mastering applied to both, it seems the involved digital processes do more harm to the sound than the vinyl mastering processes.

But especially Esoteric, 2xHD and Audio Fidelity offer great quality remasterings, which are mostly not available as Vinyl remasterings. So there’s hope for more to come…

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January 9, 2018
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jazznut said

… and as Grundmann mentioned in his interview with Paul, even in case of the same effort of mastering applied to both, it seems the involved digital processes do more harm to the sound than the vinyl mastering processes.

But especially Esoteric, 2xHD and Audio Fidelity offer great quality remasterings, which are mostly not available as Vinyl remasterings. So there’s hope for more to come…  

I think that explains a lot of what I hear on vinyl versus digital mastering. This backs up my observation in that it is unusual that I prefer the digital mastering. Thanks!

I will also agree that 2xHD and Analog Productions make excellent digital recordings. Unfamiliar with the others. 

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January 10, 2018
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When you listen to the interview which I linked at the beginning of the mastering thread (http://www.psaudio.com/forum/a…..yldigital/), you will get quite some explanations for what a vinyl listener hears.

If you are into classical music, too, I can really recommend the Esoteric SACD remasters. I usually don’t like the recordings of the 70’s to 90’s era too much, but these are really fitted with great interpretations and also sound, if you don’t expect the sound quality of the latest and best digital recordings which currently exist.

But back to the thread topic…the last vinyl I was into was SFS Mahler 8th and I gave it up and switched to the DSD version, as my cartridge now definitely is too worn and distorted at the “Gloria” inner grooves …have to get the new one now ;-(

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My main Christmas gift from my wife was an amazing one. I had heard about Newvelle Records and their limited production run vinyl subscription model and was intrigued. Michael Fremer endorsed the records quality and I was aware of a few of the artists on the series, so I went ahead and suggested to my wife that she get me this series. I have got to tell you what an amazing series this is!! The sound quality is fantastic, first of all. Whoever the recording engineer(s) are have done an immaculate job of miking and mixing, that’s for sure. Every record is top notch. The styles run from post bop (Don Friedman) to new age solo piano (Jack DeJohnette) to Argentinian influenced, post bop-free form of Leo Genovese. The standouts for me are Don Friedman in his re-interpretations of some Booker Little compositions that Friedman actually played on the original recordings, amazingly. Friedman died shortly after recording this and it is an incredible eulogy to his career. Ben Alison Trio also plays some classic Jim Hall standards and they are fantastic. Then there’s Leo Genovese. That record has Jack DeJohnette playing drums with an occasional wild abandon like I’ve never heard him. Throw in Esperanza Spalding’s scalding standup bass and crazy vocals and you have a brilliant jazz record that surprises at every turn. I can’t recommend this series highly enough. If you like jazz and vinyl, do yourself a favor and get this series. It’s pricey at $400 a season, but it’s entirely worth it. The model ensures the artists get paid, first of all. And they have unfettered creative license to do what they like. And after two years, the artists obtain the rights to their own recordings and can do with them what they like, with the vinyl distribution going through Newvelle. Here a NY Times blurb about the series:

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